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Trimble Introduces New Entry-Level Laser Leveling and Alignment Tools for
Residential and Light Commercial Construction

HR300 and HR100 Extend Trimble's Spectra Precision Laser Family of Receivers

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2003 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the Spectra PrecisionTM Laser HR300 and HR100 receivers: versatile, reliable and affordable laser tools designed to handle a wide range of leveling and alignment applications. These two new receivers represent an extension of the Spectra Precision Laser product portfolio designed to improve productivity for a variety of exterior and interior construction applications.
Positioned as the entry-level receivers, the Spectra Precision Laser HR300 and HR100 extend the family of previously introduced receivers including the CR600, HR500 and HR400, all used for a variety of job site applications. The HR300 and HR100 are contractor-grade receivers rugged enough to endure job site conditions. With its rugged, lightweight composite housing, the HR300 and HR100 are water and dust resistant and capable of surviving a drop of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) to hard surfaces. The lightweight receivers operate for over 100 hours on just two "AA" batteries and can be easily carried and used anywhere on the job site.
In addition to being durable, the HR300 and HR100 are versatile. They can serve as handheld, standalone receivers for interior construction applications such as marking walls or floors, which is ideal in situations where a laser beam becomes harder to see. Additionally, the receivers can be rod-mounted for outdoor general construction leveling. Combine this versatility with high-quality indoor as well as outdoor visibility, the receivers are ideal for any general-purpose application: leveling concrete forms, footer, pools and decks; elevation and alignment control over moderately sized job sites; and alignment of interior walls, ceilings and 1 meter (4 foot) marks.
The rod clamp for the HR300 and HR100 further enhance their versatility and ease of use by providing a faster, more convenient method of attaching and detaching the receiver from the rod. With the rod clamp, removing the HR300 or HR100 can be accomplished with one hand and no screws.
"The HR300 and HR100 receivers are the latest additions to our Spectra Precision Laser receiver product line. The receivers have been specifically designed as entry level receivers providing contractors with the ability to improve laser beam visibility across the job site," said Pat Bohle, division vice president of Trimble's Construction Instruments Business. "As the original manufacturer of electronically leveled construction lasers, Trimble is committed to providing contractors with a broad range of flexible, rugged and dependable tools for jobsite challenges they face."
With unique features for this class of laser receiver, the HR300 and HR100 offer the contractor value-add options for improving productivity when working with lasers on the construction job site. The HR300 features the ability for the contractor to select from two deadband settings: a larger deadband for quicker readings or a narrower deadband for improved accuracy while leveling and aligning. The HR100 features a 3-channel dual LED that indicates position from the reference plane. The center green LED indicates that grade has been established. The built-in magnet and neck lanyard make the HR100 easy to carry and use as needed on the construction jobsite and is especially suited to interior contractors installing ceilings and walls.
The new Spectra Precision Laser HR300 and HR100 receivers are available now through Trimble's Construction Instruments dealer network.
About Trimble's Construction Instruments Business
Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Construction Instruments Business of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions for general, interior and underground contractors. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
About Trimble
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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